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through black jade.
       Of the crow-blue mussel-shells, one keeps
       adjusting the ash-heaps;
              opening and shutting itself like
 
an
       The barnacles which encrust the side
       of the wave, cannot hide
              there for the submerged shafts of the
 
sun,
split like spun
       glass, move themselves with spotlight swiftness
       into the crevices—
              in and out, illuminating
 
the
       of bodies. The water drives a wedge
       of iron through the iron edge
              of the cliff; whereupon the stars,
 
pink
rice-grains, ink-
       bespattered jelly fish, crabs like green
       lilies, and submarine
              toadstools, slide each on the other.
 
All
       marks of abuse are present on this
       defiant edifice
              all the physical features of
              
ac-
cident—lack
       of cornice, dynamite grooves, burns, and
       hatchet strokes, these things stand
              out on it; the chasm-side is
 
dead.
Repeated
       evidence has proved that it can live
       on what can not revive
              its youth. The sea grows old in it.

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Word Lists:

Encrust : cover (something) with a hard surface layer

Barnacle : a marine crustacean with an external shell, which attaches itself permanently to a variety of surfaces. Barnacles feed by filtering particles from the water using their modified feathery legs.

Turquoise : a greenish-blue color

Cornice : an ornamental molding around the wall of a room just below the ceiling.

Dynamite : a high explosive consisting of nitroglycerine mixed with an absorbent material and typically molded into sticks.

Wade : walk with effort through water or another liquid or viscous substance

Crevice : a narrow opening or fissure, especially in a rock or wall

Hatchet : a small axe with a short handle for use in one hand.

Groove : a long, narrow cut or depression, especially one made to guide motion or receive a corresponding ridge.

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Additional Information:

Words: 294

Unique Words : 120

Sentences : 7

Reading Time : 1:18

Noun : 190

Conjunction : 11

Adverb : 2

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 17

Pronoun : 6

Verb : 22

Preposition : 21

Letter Count : 1,285

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Neutral (Slightly Formal)

Difficult Words : 61

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